Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Late nights at the rock clubs?

If you're out tonight (and into tomorrow morning), you'll notice that they'll wait an extra hour to make you dump out the rest of that PBR can and get your sorry self out of the club.

In case you've been living under a rock somewhere, Omaha bars are allowed to stay open until 2 a.m. starting overnight tonight.

Will it affect your concertgoing experience? Maybe.

"We're going to be open until 2 a.m.," Marc Leibowitz (of One Percent and Waiting Room fame) told me.

But most shows aren't going to change that much.

"Weekday shows are going to stay exactly the same. Our normal shows are going to be 9 o'clock shows. We're not going to be doing any 10 o'clock shows," he said.

If there's four bands on a lineup, maybe they'll add a fifth band since there's more wiggle room as far as closing time is concerned. But to break it down, shows will start at the same time and, for the most part, you won't have to stay at the club until 2 to catch the headliner's set.

The only things that are planned to go extra late are dance parties such as Goo and Gunk.

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Tonight, I'll be hitting up Slowdown and the Barley Street (and maybe the Waiting Room for the comedy show) to see if anything's happening with the 2 a.m. stuff. Oh, and to check out the good music.

Of special note is the show at Barley Street, which is a fundraisier for the Benson Musician's Hostel.

What is the hostel? It's run by Brad Hoshaw and is a place to stay for the dozens of musicians and bands that play in Benson during any given week.

I think it's a great idea and tonight's your chance to help out. Music starts at 9 tonight and features Chad Wallin, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Hoshaw, Jake Bellows, Justin Lamoureux, Cass Brostad and Andrew Bailie. $5 gets you in and there will be a donation jar on the bar.

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